Cardinals try to ignore warning sirens over “Air Raid” offense


Kliff Kingsbury is bringing the “Air Raid” offense to the NFL. Halfway through the preseason, his team is doing its best to ignore the warning sirens.

As explained by Bob McManaman of the Arizona Republic, criticism has mounted over the team’s planned attack. The players are insisting that it’s no big deal.

It gets frustrating when there might not be anything open and we go out there and look how we looked last week and people are talking about you,” quarterback Kyler Murray said recently, in reference to an ugly preseason outing against the Raiders, which may or may not have included specific game-planning from Oakland aimed at shutting down the NFL’s next “generational” talent.

“But you’ve got to understand it’s preseason and we’re running like literally six or seven plays,” Murray added. “There’s nothing to be too negative about because we know what’s really going on.”

What’s really going on is that the offense, for now, is keeping it very simple when performing in plain sight of Arizona’s opponents. The real offense supposedly will be unveiled Week One, against the Lions.

“[W]e know what we’re doing as far as what our approach is for the preseason games,” Cardinals passing-game coordinator Tom Clements said, via McManaman. “What we’re trying to tell the players is we’re going to execute plays that they know so they can show and give their best on those plays. They don’t have to worry about it. They recognize we’re not game-planning and we’re just trying to get better and treat it more like a practice game.”

That said, Murray has promised that Saturday’s practice against the Vikings in Minnesota will entail “a couple new wrinkles” from the offense. The real question is whether the Vikings defense will be throwing many extra wrinkles at Murray, including the kind of blitzing that had Murray asking Raiders receiver Antonio Brown after the most recent preseason game, “Why they gotta bring the house on me, bro?

19 responses to “Cardinals try to ignore warning sirens over “Air Raid” offense

  1. The media has put him in the HOF already. Seems like the way you’d stop it is blitz and have quicker players on the field. Chuck and Duck II.

  2. Well, the way Cleveland blitzed (and others will follow suit), if he survives the indoctrination by fire (and many QBs that haven’t), he’ll be a heckuva QB.

  3. Baker Mayfield says Murray “blows his mind” and the “hype is real”…..

  4. Kyler Murray is a bust, just like Jimmy G. LOL

    Some people call Jimmy G a bust even though he has a 8-2 career record as a starter, just because he has a bad preseason game coming back from knee surgery last week. Heck they call him a bust because he threw 5 interceptions in a practice. They call him overrated when he won 5 games in a row in 2017, calling them meaningless games, after his team won only 1 game in the first 11 games in that season without him. Numbers do not lie. People do.

  5. Baker Mayfield was 10/26 passing for 70 yards last night. Is he a bust? People tend to forget that in the preseason, defenses dominate because it takes time for the offense to click. it requires fine tuning and timing more than the D. It is much easier to destroy than to build.

  6. Given with how the rules are for passers and receivers in the league now, maybe an ari raid offense would actually work out pretty well if KK does it correctly. It will either be a resounding success or an incredible failure, I don’t think the air raid will fall inbetween.I mean according to the NFL airing it out and qbs getting 500 plus yard games is what all the fans want, defense be damned.

  7. Actually enjoyed watching the Run and Shoot with the Oilers in the early 90’s. Heck, I remember watching George Blanda so yup, I’m old….

  8. It’s a high school offense that takes a few days to install. That being said a good play caller and a good qb can go a long way

  9. I’m sure none of these highly successful NFL coaches have ever seen or heard of the “air raid” before, Lol The complete folly of Cardinals fans thinking they’re going to out scheme the rest of the league is hilarious. It’s generationally hilarious.

  10. The Cardinals were a mess last year with one of the worst OL’s ever. They didn’t upgrade much there. They still have a bunch of holes and a rookie QB and Coach.

    This will be a long season for them. It will take a few years to turn around the program but sadly it seems they think a flash Coach and rookie can turn them around quickly. Imagine if they picked up Bosa and one of the young stud QBs next draft. Murray better pan out.

  11. They will be picking first again next year. Wonder if Keim will trade Murray for a second and pick Tua with his first. ☺

  12. I get not showing your hand but considering this is a rookie qb learning a new offense I think learning the system takes precedence over keeping your game plan under wraps.

  13. We’ve seen this movie many, many times and it always ends the same way, until one of these high octane college style offenses works for more than two seasons in the NFL I’ll bet with the odds and the odds say it may work for a while but it won’t last long term! These NFL defenses are a hell of a lot smarter, faster, stronger and game savvy than those college programs are and that’s why these types of offenses are short lived at this level. Just like all those running QBs, they might work a few games or maybe for a season but unless the QB is Vick fast it won’t work over the long haul.

  14. thctexan says:
    August 24, 2019 at 12:38 pm

    Given with how the rules are for passers and receivers in the league now,

    I love how so many people mistake a level playing field for the offense to be a tilted playing field against the defense, maybe its because it was tilted for the D so long that they believe it should still be that way!

    Why should a D be allowed to hammer a QB after he releases the ball?
    Remember he’s far game as long as he still has the ball.
    Or why should a defender be allowed to interfere with and mugg the receiver all the way down the field?
    Make no mistake they can still bump or lay the receiver out with-in 5yds of the LOS and they still have the right to go for the ball or try and break-up the reception, they jusy can’t mugg the receiver while they’re doing it. The receivers now have the opportunity to make a catch without being held or mugged going down the field – a level playing field!

  15. Well, that is cute….air raid. To run that type of offense you need time to throw and lots of speed. “Why they got to bring the house at me Bro?” It ain’t gonna be easier in real games. Need to keep defenses honest to open that up. So they also need a run game. Good luck cardinals. My team has tried this before. Look where we are now. That said, you play us week 1, so maybe it will work for one week.

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